Double-deck trailers reduce Bpost group truck transport by 30%
Bpost group has today introduced new double-deck trailers to reduce its truck transport by 30%. “This is a first for the parcels sector in Belgium,” says the Belgian national postal operator.
Bpost group wants to purchase more than 320 double-deck trailers by 2030 and intends to increase that number even to 550 over the next 20 years.
“Our vehicles now cover millions of kilometers a year,” said Luc Cloet, Director Mail & Retail, at the press conference today. “By 2030, we aim for 11 million fewer kilometers per year, which will have a serious impact on our CO2 emissions.
60% more load
Double Deck Trailers, or DDT for short, will replace all larger trailers by 2040, as a result of which bpost group wants to reduce the number of journeys, kilometers, and trucks by 30% by 2030.
“In this way, we can sustainably cope with the rapid growth in parcel activities by reducing the impact on the environment and mobility on highways,” the company says. The DDTs are larger than single-deck trailers and can carry 60% more letters and parcels in a single journey.
The DDTs are four meters high and have a standard length of 13,6 meters. They have two floors of 1,8 meters each. As a result, 70 roll containers fit into each DDT, compared to only 44 in today’s large trailers. This corresponds to a volume increase of 60%.
Using DDT’s will reduce the number of journeys and kilometers traveled by more than 30% by 2030, and by 40% by 2040. By 2030, 730 trucks will be part of the Bpost group’s vehicle fleet. If the DDTs were not put into service, the figure would be 860.
No impact on employment
There are currently five DDT trailers, mainly in the Bpost group sorting centers in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, Liège, and Charleroi. The other double-deck trailers will gradually be put into use over the next few years.
Bpost did not want to lose anything on the investment amount for the purchase of the planned 550 DDTs. “We are an independently listed public company operating in a highly competitive market,” says spokesperson Barbara Van Speybrouck.
“Our governance rules are the same as a private company. If only we would be obliged to pass on our investment budget, so would our competitors.”
According to press agency Belga, the investment in the double-decker trucks won’t have an impact on employment. Bpost is also taking into account further growth in the parcels market. Bpost even continues to look for truck drivers, and trains them itself.
Transport presents the Bpost group with major challenges. Every year, the volume of parcels transported and delivered is rising steadily (by 78,4 % in the first half of 2020).
Bpost group intends to replace all trucks with LNG-vehicles gradually – currently, the company has three – but the DDTs also fit in with the strategy developed by Bpost to provide a sustainable response to its activities.
In terms of sustainable mobility and transport, the company currently has a large number of vehicles with no or low carbon footprint, including 3 500 bicycles, 2 900 e-bikes, 500 three-wheeled e-scooters, some 20 three-wheels e-cargo bicycles, as well as dozens of Colibuses and e-vans.
In July, Bpost, together with the city of Mechelen, launched a pilot project for the emission-free distribution of letters and parcels in the city. Fifty automatic parcel machines have been installed in the city so that customers are only 400 meters away from the delivery point each time.
This will lead to a saving in kilometers driven and a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions. Bpost hopes to be able to roll out the system quickly in other cities as well.